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May - June 2003
Indian Gaming News

28th June         California           Source: Sacramento Bee
Indian casinos don't pay up - Counties claim they have lost $175 million in unreimbursed expenses

25th June         Montreal, Quebec          Source: Casino News
Kahnawake’s success story

25th June         Arizona          Source:
Casino del Sol boasts 46 blackjack tables - Pascua Yaqui Tribe

25th June         New York          Source: Times Union
Senecas turn to Catskills for a possible casino venture

23rd June         New York          Source: Buffalo News
Lawyer sees constitution as way to block casino

23rd June         California         Source: Sacramento Bee
Casino plan spurs cries of betrayal

23rd June         Connecticut          Source: Norwich Bulletin
Hope keeps professionals at casino jobs - Chinese college grads reach for American dream

22nd June         California          Source: Woodland Daily Democrat
Pre-hearing conference of former casino workers postponed

20th June         California & New Jersey          Source: Los Angeles Times & Philadelpia Inquirer
Senator Solicits Tribes for PR Work
Casinos tax fight adds a twist

20th June         Buffalo, New York         Source: Buffalo News
Senecas cool to idea of a second Falls casino

18th June         Tampa, Florida           Source: St.Petersburg Times
Raising the stakes
The $100-million Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa opened yesterday. There are 810 slots, 28 poker tables and a bingo hall with a capacity of 800. Website:

17th June         Connecticut           Source: The Day & Stamford Advocate/AP
Record Sums Go Into Casino Slots In May
Casinos give $36 million to state from slot revenue
Slots at Foxwood's and the Mohegan sun won $144.7 million in May. Table game win is not disclosed.

17th June         Hollywood, Florida           Source: Miami Herald
Seminole casino complex expected to rock visitors
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood is scheduled to open in Spring 2004 with 850 hotel rooms and an 85,000 square foot casino.

17th June         Sacramento, California           Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Calif. gaming negotiations nearly stalled

16th June        New York          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
N.Y. judges disagree on legality of Indian casinos

16th June        Mashantucket, Connecticut           Source: The Day
On His Game: Foxwoods Employee Comes Up With Gambling Innovations
A profile of Foxwood's employee Ken Perrie. He invented two of the most popular Blackjack side bets Over/Under 13 & Super Sevens.

15th June        Arizona          Source:
Navajo president: Tribe likely to consider casinos

15th June        Buffalo, New York          Source: The Buffalo News
Senecas asking to buy Convention Center

15th June        Connecticut          Source: Norwich Bulletin - Editorial
Polish students' housing debacle happily resolved

13th June        Connecticut          Source: The Stamford Advocate/AP
Foxwoods summer workers arrive - but with nowhere to stay!
Foxwoods Casino has 200 Polish students that have just arrived but is apparently not arranging accomodation. The Mohegan Sun has arranged accomodation and hired 226 students and 75 Polish dealers who arrived in February..

12th June        New York          Source: & Yahoo/Reuters
Court: Mohawk Indian Casino Pact Is Invalid
NY top court rejects one Mohawk casino

10th June         Sacramento          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Crowds jam new Indian casino in Calif. - Thunder Valley competes with Reno

10th June         Sacramento          Source: Sacramento Bee & Reno Gazette-Journal
Casino hits jackpot - not so motorists
Thunder Valley Casino opens to huge crowds
The new Thunder Valley Casino reached capacity early on Mondays opening. It is California's 52nd casino. The property is expected to siphon off between 10 and 20% of Reno's business from Northern California.
Sacramento Bee - Casino special project:

10th June         Sacramento          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Noise from Thunder Valley - Big crowd spurs early opening at Station project
Thunder Valley has opened with 1,906 slots (All TITO) and 100 tables. Roulette and Craps are not permitted.

9th June         Sacramento, California          Source: Sacramento Bee
Gambling analysts bet casino will make plenty
The United Auburn Indian's will open the Thunder Valley Casino today. Management and operation of the property is in partnership with Station Casinos.

9th June         U.S. & Albany, New York          Source: The Norwich Bulletin & Times Union
Tribes draw bigger share of nation's gamblers
Lawsuits, politics stall Indian casinos

9th June         Iowa          Source: Des Moins Register
Casino closure troubles Midwest's Indian leaders

8th June          Sacramento, California           Source: Reno Gazette-Journal
Casino opening: Day of reckoning about to arrive
Floor plan/layout of Thunder Valley Casino
Video: Virtual tour of Thunder Valley Casino
Opinions vary on the amount of business the Thunder Valley casino will syphon off from Reno. From 10 to 20% is the guestimate. At opening the casino will have 1,906 slots and 100 tables.

6th June          Coachella Valley, California           Source:
Clergy demand Neutrality for Casino Workers - Clergy puts spotlight on tribe in union push

6th June          New York           Source: Yahoo/Reuters
NY appellate court: Governor can ink Indian casino deal

6th June          Illinois           Source: Chicago Sun Times
Wis. Indian tribe proposes huge suburban casino

5th June          Barstow, California            Source: The Desert Dispatch
Police: Casinos not a crime problem - Officers don't see an increase in violence but do see an increase in theft

4th June          Barstow, California          Source: Barstow Daily Press
Should Barstow roll dice on casino deal?

3rd June          Barstow, California           Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Tribal casino would intercept gamblers headed to, from LV

3rd June          Connecticut           Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Trump sues tribe, rival developer

3rd June          Connecticut           Source: Norwich Bulletin
Casinos, state collaborate on SARS threat

31st May          Iowa          Source: Washington Times
Indian casino in Iowa stays closed

30th May          Indian Gaming - California          Source: Sacramento Bee
Bigger casino hurting you? File a claim

30th May          California & Washington          Source: St. Louis Tribune/AP
Wealthy Indian Tribe Made Big Donation to GOP Coffers

30th May          Connecticut & Arizona          Source: The Norwich Bulletin - Editorial & The Arizona Daily Star
Lawmakers act to kick minors off casino floor
Last bet is near for gamblers under 21
Arizona's Casinos, Racetracks & State Lottery will require patrons being 21 from June 1st.

29th May          New York          Source: Yahoo/Reuters
NY judge lets Gov sign Catskills casino pact

29th May          California          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Perini Building Co. Awarded Major Construction Project in California, Morongo Casino Hotel Resort
New $250 Million, World-Class Casino Resort Hotel to Be Built By California-Based Morongo Indian Tribe

26th May          Iowa - Maskwaki Reservation           Source: Yahoo/AP - May 23rd
Feds Close Iowa Casino in Tribal Dispute

23rd May          California          Source: The Davis Enterprise
Casino workers enter plea
Prosecutors are alleging that dealers at the Cache Creek Indian Bingo & Casino were offered $1,000 and $2,000 per rigged shuffle and the Pitboss $10,000 to look the other way.

22nd May          Indian Gaming - Iowa           Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Casino remains open as judge mulls closure order

22nd May          Valley Center, California           Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
First Jackpot on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous® Video Slots Gives California Couple a Chance at Dream Vacation

21st May          California           Source: Sacramento Bee
Workers accused of scheme at casino
The 9 dealers and 1 supervisor were arrested in April and are accused of stacking decks in Mini-Baccarat. The amount involved believed to be between $250,000 and $400,000.

21st May          California           Source: The Mercury News - Opinion
Davis must renegotiate to lessen impact of new tribal casinos

21st May          Nevada & California           Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Indian casinos winning bigger - Study shows 11 percent increase in '02 over '01, widening edge over Nevada

21st May          Connecticut           Source: The Boston Globe & The Hartford Courant
US grand jury investigating Mohegan Sun's expansion
U.S. Investigates Mohegans' Expansion

21st May          California           Source: The Press Democrat
State Indian casinos' revenue up 17% in 2002
The study of Indian Gaming in the U.S. by Alan Meister was for the Analysis Group based in Los Angeles. Website:

20th May          Las Vegas           Source: Las Vegas Sun
Study: Indian casinos win $14.1 billion in 2002 - Total surpasses Nevada take
According to the study  221 tribes operated 348 gaming clubs in 30 states in 2002. They had 206,000 slots and 4,500 table games.

20th May          Arizona           Source: Arizona Republic & Thoroughbred Times
Arizona Indian casino revenue on rise, study says
Gambling age increased to 21 in Arizona
Arizona has 22 casinos operated by 15 tribes. They had 8,967 slots and 256 tables before Proposition 202 allowed expansion this year.

20th May          Iowa          Source: Des Moins Register
Agency urges judge to close casino
The Meskwaki in Iowa have split into 2 factions over the running of the tribes casino, a venture thought to gross $3 million a week.

18th May          California           Source: Naples News/Sacramento Bee
Centerpiece: School draws a full house - Would-be dealers hope to win a career in Indian gaming

18th May         Miami           Source: Herald
Road to riches: How gambling has shaped the Seminoles

18th May          California          Source: Monterey Herald/AP
Cal Division of Gambling Control director steps down

16th May          Connecticut           Source: Day
New London, Conn.-Area Casinos Report Wins of $63 Million from Slots in April
Total slot handle at the two casinos was $1.55 billion in April. The Mohegan Sun has 6,101 and Foxwoods 6,595 machines.

16th May          Indian Gaming - Iowa          Source: Des Moins Register
Meskwakis defy order to shut down casino
Casino grosses $3 million a week

15th May          Washington          Source: Times Record/Stephens Media Bureau
Indian Regulators Lack Funds
Indian Gaming revenues are now believed to be over $13 billion but the NIGC annual budget is just $8 million.

14th May          Austin, Texas          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Multimedia Games and National Indian Gaming Commission Mutually Agree to Extend Review Period for Reel Time Bingo Version 2.0

14th May          Mississippi          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise Announces Second Quarter Results

14th May          New York          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tribe, N.Y. governor reach deal on Park Place-managed casino

13th May          Albany, New York          Source: Las Vegas Sun & Reuters
Park Place Indian casino agreement reached
New York governor signs Catskills casino accord

13th May          California          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire & Sacramento Bee
June 9th Opening Date for Thunder Valley Casino
Placer County Indian casino to open June 9
The Thunder Valley casino will be managed by Station Casinos in exchange for a fee of 24% over 7 years. It will become California's  52 Indian casino.

13th May          Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Park Place Issues Statement on Mohawk Accord with New York Governor on Catskills Casino Project

10th May          Arizona        Source: Arizona Republic
Gambling addicts can ban selves from casinos

10th May          San Diego County, California        Source: San Diego herald-Tribune
Indian casino plan gets environmental OK

9th May          Las Vegas & California        Source: Las Vegas Sun
Station offered best deal for San Francisco-area casino

8th May          New York          Source: Yahoo/Reuters & Rochester Democrat & Chronicle/AP
NY Governor postpones signing casino-land accord
Pataki, Mohawk deal on land, casino postponed

6th May          New Mexico          Source: Albuquerque Business Journal
State receives about $8M in Q1 tribal gaming payments

6th May          California          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Perini Sets Record in Building California Casino, Thunder Valley Casino

5th May          Connecticut          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2003 Operating Results
Amazing statistics, including a slot win of $180.7 million and table game win of $69.8 million on a drop of $438.5 million (15.9%).

4th May          Connecticut          Source: The Norwich Bulletin
A Casino Worker's Journey - Immigrant balances family life and solitude
Around 2,000 of the staff at the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods are of Asian origin.